Discussion in 'Pros' Racquets and Gear' started by Rozroz, Jun 30, 2014.
does he use the Ai98 at stock weight?
or with some lead?
I think he uses xi with ai pj
how do you think?
he even claims in his site that he uses the Ai..
i wouldn't expect him to be that deep in the lying game already
The shape of the frame seems to me like the new one but paint jobs play tricks with the eyes.
Of course he's going to say he uses the Ai. He's paid to say that.
Last year I think when he was not that known some of the aussies that post here said that they held his racquet in the shop and its/was stock xi ezone 98 no lead bone stock
ok, but last year was last year..
maybe he DID change racquet?
He did not...
but how do you know that?
i just wanna see a proof..
it looks like a genuine Ai98
What string set-up does he use, hybrid ?
Xi98 and Ai98 have a similar beam look, you can never tell.
pretty sure it's the new AI based on the rounder head shape. the XI is pretty squarish
If you look at the espn tennis we page right now with his arms raised up, you will see that his racquet is no where near round like you people are mentioning. It looks like the xi.
Wow if this guy uses a retail stock version of what is called a tweener by TT warriors to beat Nadal, why do we even bother customizing our sticks.
Because we're not as good as he is so we need the racquet to help us more with more weight.
looks like an AI to me from these pics
lol you make me laugh. Stock racquet and more than 30 aces vs Nadal? Erhhm...
so? i was counting on you experts to decide at least which racquet he's using!
anyone know his string?
I'm sure Kyrgios can serve huge with just about any racquet, so I wouldn't buy this racquet thinking that you can serve just like him if you used it.
I'm not an expert but I already told you what racquet he is using you just fail to comprehend
Reminds me of Joachim Johansson (and MArat Safin too; tall guys though), serves big with a tiny (comparatively speaking) RDX 90.
alu power main, gut cross
This looks like a full bed alum power to me.
How are you going to get proof?
Just look at Goran's track record on IDing pro sticks and accept that he is right.
if you say so.
it just amazes me how far they go to sell a different stick to the common people, while making Kyrgios himself DECLARE that this (the Ai) is his racquet of choice in his own website.
there's no worse deceiving than that.
This has been discussed a million times. Pretty much everyone agrees.
NO. it is still guessing. I would guess from the looks of it, it looks like Yonex AI racket. XI doesn't sound like that when it hits the ball. I played tested both rackets extensively
Its not guessing that its a paintjob its obvious if you know what to look for:
I am not even sure why am I replying to you but for sake of OP ill reply anyhow...
Look at the end of kyrgios bumper...it extends all the way down to double yellow/white line on his paintjob. Now compare that to retail ai 98 if you have one or look google images
You have just been proven wrong.
That was easy.
if you judge only by the bumper guard, something is obviously different there.
i'm also not sure about the head tip shape. might be slightly different.
oh well.. i was basically interested at the weight/lead specs anyway.
From the pic dgoran posted, it also looks like the frame "taper" above the handle resembles the Xi model and not the Ai version (with the "more aerodynamic beam"). To me, it does appear to be an Xi frame with the Ai paint.
Look at the beam near the handle. The Xi doesn't look tapered like that. BTW, do they really do pjs and custom frames for somebody who was in the 800+ ranking? I mean he used stock Xi when he was a Jr and for a youngster he cannot adopt to a new racket? He can only use the Xi for a couple of yrs, not like he used it for 10 yrs?
It is very easy to paint the frame any cosmetic, often done for any pro player. Futures tour players have access to Pro Stock Paintjobs. It is not a custom frame.
Even college players and juniors can get paintjobs.
The point being it is not like he played with the Xi all his life. Rec players can demo and change sticks, even older guys. He is just 19 and should be able to get used to anything within the specs. And the Ai plays better than the Xi. I have the Xi. It's a good stick, but by no means so classic it is Yonex's Tour 90, Prestige Classic, or even their own 95.
Yonex made so many models in the past it would be a logistics nightmare to keep small batch producing old models just for a few players who wanted those particular yr models. At least I know Wilson doesn't do that. And Head only make their pro stock in pj and not previous retail sticks from the past 15 yrs into current pj.
That sounds very odd to me. That's all.
Yonex seems to be like Babolat, and unlike Head, the pj's are older retail models. It would not be difficult to dedicate some time on the production line to produce small numbers of frames. As to whether it's good business or honest business, another question.
It might be a PJ Xi, but I don't think it's any more special than a retail racquet considering his ranking of over a 100.
He doesn't use alu power main and gut cross! He uses alu power fluoro
why unlike head? What are head pro stock than older retail models...sure there are exceptions but those exceptions exist with babolat and yonex and allothers
He may be using a paint job of the new racquet Yonex will be selling, it is just common sense to market it since Yonex doesn't have anybody on the new line that can sell, but his racquet is the Ezone xi98 which his been playing with it for the past 3 years prior to that he used rdis200 i believe.
Yonex has some more Jrs coming up, in the girls side a few good ones, and Yoshihito Nishioka, remember this name, he is the best Japanese player since Nishikori, He can be as good as Nishikori.
About the racquets, Yonex doesn't seem to have all these models that only professionals/coaches get, they have what they sell and which is Japanese and indeed very high quality, not for everyone but when you use them there is definitely a difference from these other racquets people can buy.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but aren't many Head pro stocks quite light to allow for customization? Nadal's Babolat APD original is played stock by many Challenger players, I don't think many Head pro stocks are. Also, the Yonex/Babolats can be bought by the general public without knowing the endless, faux secret agent, tiresome codes and going to special message boards.
I thought a lot of the head racquets were heavier in a general sense like the speed pro, and actually so much of the challengers uses head's stock especially the prestige line. It's used pretty much on par with babolat being a lot more than yonex.
Well said. A lot of us do not have the time for this crap and just want to be able to buy, or even just try out, a racquet that a pro uses.
If I ever wanted to try the real racquet Djokovic uses, a Microgel Radical MP is good enough for me.
Same thing unfortun. Look at pim pim custom yonex or nalbandians or kyrgios or tomic when he used it or Wawrinkas...
Head and Babolat does the same thing...not sure where this rumor came from that yonex pros play retail babolat and yonex frames...sure there are those who do but than there are head and babolat pros who do as well.
Btw don't get me wrong I am first in line if it comes to signing petition to force racquet companies and brand owners to at least disclose that what they are selling at a retail level is NOT the same theirs pros are using at that given moment...
On Head's website they do disclose this information: * HEAD PRO Players may play with different racquets from the model shown.
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